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Jan. 29th, 2013

11:57 pm - RTC - bike vs lorry

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From:Mike Prior-Jones
Date:January 30th, 2013 07:44 am (UTC)
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Looks nasty - I hope it heals reasonably quickly! It's noticeable how much less effective ordinary bicycle brakes are in the wet - I guess you've found this out experimentally now...

My last nice bike (before it was stolen) had disc brakes, which are much more reliable in the wet. I'd certainly have them again for a bike I rode in an urban area where sudden stops are occasionally necessary.
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From:johnckirk
Date:January 30th, 2013 01:19 pm (UTC)
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Interesting point - the CRU (ambulance) bikes use disk brakes, and I haven't had any trouble stopping them in the wet. Brompton used to have a section on their website justifying their decision not to use disk brakes, but it seems to have disappeared now; I think they basically said "overhyped". For my touring bike (the one I was riding yesterday), I did discuss braking options but I went with the shop's advice, but I can't remember why they recommended rim braking; possibly reliability, thinking of non-urban cycling.
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